1 & 2 Peter Bible Study – Week 1 {Thursday}

One of the most amusing things about being a teacher is when you decide to stroll around the classroom to see how the kids are getting along. There’s always one table that sees you coming and starts to shuffle in an attempt to look purposeful and busy!

They clear their throats, look intently at the materials you are using and smile when you come their way as though they have been superbusy all lesson.

But you know what the mistake they have made is? They think that your distance meant you didn’t know what they were doing. They assume that if you’re way over the other side of the classroom at your desk, you don’t know how little they are focussed. Big mistake!

Teachers develop this ability to scan a room and within seconds determine who is working, who is sorta working, and who has drifted way off task. The strolls, casual as they are, are not simply opportunities to stretch your legs, but the chance to check that everyone is doing as they should.

As we read again today in 1 Peter, we are reminded that we must not take advantage of grace. As though looking busy from a distance means that God is either not watching or unaware of how little we are taking his Word and our lives here as sojourners seriously. Because of the great cost of Jesus’ death, we are called to live holy lives, characterised by reverent fear of the Lord.

Let’s read from 1 Peter again today:

Read 1 Peter 1:17-21

S – 1 Peter 1:17, 21: Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.

Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

O – Our lives here on earth are so temporary, and we mustn’t forget this. John Piper says that one of the church’s biggest problems today is that because of grace, we think we don’t need to hold any reverent fear of God anymore; rather we should fear because we have been ransomed at infinite cost. God sees what we do and how we work out our salvation. We are to live lives that show that we know that God is judge and sees what we do and how we do it.

A – Matthew Henry says that this passage reminds us that because God is a judge, when believers need it, He will visit them with corrections. We are not judged anymore as to whether or not we will go to Heaven – as believers we are secure, our eternity is decided and Jesus has paid the price to make that possible. But, we are to make sure we are not slapdash with the way we treat our salvation, remembering instead the great cost and the faith and hope we have in Him because of the cross. As we saw yesterday, we are to know the Word and let its power transform our lives.

P – Lord, I pray that you will help me to remember that this earth is my temporary home. That I am merely passing through. With this in mind, help me to use the days here you have given me with wisdom and understanding; help me to know your word and how to obey it. Amen.

Grace and Love

Helen x

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